MTV has put together the “acting pack” for its reinvention of the 1985 classic Teen Wolf.
Teen Wolf stars Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high-school student who discovers that he is a werewolf. Howard uses what was originally thought to be a handicap, to destroy other basketball teams on the court. The film co-starred Susan Ursitti as “Boof,” a nickname that never made sense to me.
Actors Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed and Dylan O’Brien have been cast for the series pilot, which is being billed as a “dramatic thriller with a buddy-comedy element.” The show centers on Scott McCall (Posey), another high-school kid who gets werewolf powers after being attacked by a pack of wolves. These powers now include the ability to attract girls. Posey was seen in Lincoln Heights and Brothers & Sisters.
Dylan O’Brien plays Scott’s best friend who’s initially dismissive of Scott’s werewolf theory. In order to learn the truth, Scott’s BFF runs tests on him and begins research into the possibility of human-werewolf transformations.
Reed (MTV‘s Hard Times) will play a sweet new girl at school who is immediately smitten with Scott. But of course she is. 7th Heaven alum Hoechlin will play a handsome local boy who in fact is a vicious and predatory werewolf capable of great harm.
“It has more of an American Werewolf in London feel to it,” MTV’s Liz Gateley told THR. “It has a fresh take and is very different from the original.”
Teen Wolf occasionally shows up on American Movie Classics and it available on DVD along with its sequel, Teen Wolf Too (which did not star Fox, but fellow ’80s sitcom icon, Jason Bateman).
Fun fact: Teen Wolf was actually filmed before Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future. The film was shot on the same Pasadena street that Zemeckis’ film was scouting for. By the time Fox finished Teen Wolf, Eric Stoltz, originally cast as Marty McFly, had been released from the Zemeckis film and Fox was hired in his place.
For its Italian release, Fox’s character name was even changed from Scott to Marty in order to capitalize on the success of the Universal film. In Brazil, the film was released with the title O Garoto do Futuro, which roughly translates to The Boy from the Future. The movie was followed by a cartoon spin-off in 1986.
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